Mythstakes - Can You Overuse Essential Oils?

June 19, 2017

Do you use an essential oil so often that you’re afraid your body will develop a tolerance to that oil? Is “oil memory” a thing? It’s a question Edens Garden gets asked frequently.

Essential oils are powerful substances which should be treated with the same respect as medications. With that said, just as you can develop a higher tolerance to frequent use of drugs and alcohol, you can develop a tolerance to EOs. This is dependent on how much oil you use and how frequently you use it.

Using copious amounts of EO may put you to be at risk of being over-exposed to that oil, and the oil will thus lose its effectiveness. How will you know that you’ve been over-exposed? You likely will experience a weaker effect from that particular oil, or no effect at all. If this happens, it’s best to stop usage of that particular oil for a period of time.

Avoiding overuse altogether is achievable by rotating between EOs, properly diluting and diffusing for 15-20 minutes at a time. The bottom line- when it comes to essential oils, a little goes a long way.

COMMENTS

  • Lauren says...

    What about oils that are adaptagenic?

    On June 20, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Corrine! Here is what Robert Tisserand says about diffusing, “If you have chosen an oil or blend that fits you the best, I recommend using a diffuser with intermittent setting and diffusing oils in intervals of 30 to 60 minutes and then stopping for at least the same amount of time for the greatest therapeutic benefit. This way the nervous system does not habituate or adapt to the olfactory stimulus. And, it’s safer. In a day, 2-3 sessions are usually adequate”.

    On June 20, 2017

  • Corrine says...

    This article says to diffuse for 15-20
    Minutes at a time. I have 3 different diffusers and the shortest time setting is 2 hours on one the other two run about 6-8 hours. I almost always run mine overnight as most other people I know do. I’ve never heard to diffuse for such a short period of time. Can you please elaborate on this? Is it dangerous, unhealthy or just lead to the oils not being as effective due to overuse?

    On June 19, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Sabrina! It is something we’ve thought about, but don’t offer at this time. However, we do encourage all customers to recycle or reuse their bottles: https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/115765636-reduce-reuse-and-recycle-your-essential-oil-bottles

    On June 19, 2017

  • Sabrina partain says...

    Have you thought of a recycling program?

    On June 19, 2017

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